Cisco unveils Fabric Extender for HP BladeSystem


HP and Cisco has announced another option to bridge their data center server and networking architectures.

Soni Jiandani, Cisco Senior VP for Server, Access and Virtualization Technology Group (image source: Cisco)

The Cisco Fabric Extender for HP BladeSystem, also known as the Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender (FEX) for HP, benefits customers by extending the Cisco Unified Fabric into the HP c-Class BladeSystem.

The solution offers tighter integration for customers investing in HP BladeSystem and Cisco Nexus switch environments by preserving investments with existing data center technology.

Co-engineered by HP and Cisco, this solution allows customers to easily connect and configure their HP BladeSystem c-Class infrastructure and Cisco Unified Fabric.

HP BladeSystem c-Class provides integration of data center resources including cables, power supplies, fans networking and redundancy for increased efficiency and reduced costs by addressing IT sprawl at the server-to-network layer.

“BladeSystem customers are looking to HP for solutions that easily integrate into existing environments,” said Andrew McNiven, Industry Standard Servers and Software Product Manager, HP South Africa.

“This new solution allows industry-standard collaboration options for enterprises choosing HP BladeSystem c-Class infrastructure while simplifying their connections and reducing network costs.”

“Our customers want to easily and cost-effectively take advantage of the latest Cisco Unified Fabric innovations,” said Soni Jiandani, Cisco Senior VP for Server, Access and Virtualization Technology Group.

“By offering the Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender (FEX) for HP, our customers can extend the benefits of the Cisco Unified Fabric across their existing data center infrastructure.”

Pricing and availability

The Cisco Fabric Extender for HP BladeSystem is now available directly from HP and its authorised partners.

Staff Writer